Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara reveals he has received more abuse ‘every day, easily’ since accusing Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela of racism
- Kudela and Kamara clashed in their side’s Europa League tie at Ibrox last month
- The Czech Republic international faces a minimum 10-game ban if found guilty
- Kudela was left out of the squad to face Arsenal in the quarter-final on Thursday
- Kamara opened up on feeling like a ‘little boy’ after the alleged abuse happened
Glen Kamara has described facing a barrage of racist abuse on social media since his clash with Slavia Plague defender Ondrej Kudela during last month’s Europa League match at Ibrox.
The Rangers midfielder said he has received the abuse ‘every day, easily’ since the incident, in which he accused Kudela of racism.
Kudela faces a minimum 10-game ban if found guilty by UEFA, while Kamara is also being investigated by European football’s governing body having been accused of assault in an incident following the final whistle.
Glen Kamara stated he has received more racist abuse since accusing Ondrej Kudela of racism
Kamara told ITV News: ‘I haven’t paid much attention to what he (Kudela) has done after this whole incident, but I’ve seen their fans, how they’ve reacted, and I’ll get (racist) abuse probably every day on my Instagram.
‘Every day, easily – I’m not the one that get really affected by it, so I’m all right. But how the team has reacted and taken it, it’s sad to be honest.
‘I feel like I need to tell my story – the online messages I’ve been getting, the racial abuse online – Instagram, Twitter, everywhere else. I feel like as the victim, it needs to be said.’
The Rangers man clashed with Kudela during his side’s Europa League tie versus Slavia Prague
Kudela has already been handed a one-match ban by UEFA after effectively admitting a lesser charge of insulting Kamara, which is issued ‘without prejudice’ to any ruling the body might make on the racism allegations.
Kamara said the alleged abuse he received made him feel like a ‘little boy’, and added that he would not hesitate to walk off the pitch if it happened again.
‘I had so many different emotions and felt like a victim – I just felt like a little boy, it was a very weird feeling,’ said Kamara.
The midfielder admitted if he could go back to the time of the game he would walk off the pitch
‘If I could go back to the time of the game, I’d walk off the pitch, 100 per cent. My manager (Steven Gerrard) was actually trying to get me off the pitch, but I was on my own… I couldn’t hear anybody.
‘It’s an everyday life thing. I don’t know if in our lifetime we will see it change, but if I can make a change in some way, I’ll do it.’
Kudela was left out of the Slavia squad for their Europa League game at Arsenal this week, with boss Jindrich Trpisovsky insisting his absence was due to injury, rather than related to the racism investigation.
‘He is not here,’ said Trpisovsky. ‘He has some health issues, he couldn’t come. He has fevers and is taking antibiotics. I really don’t have an answer, he is not here, he is not going to play, he was not going to play anyway.’
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